Weekly Round-Up Of Space And Astronomy Opportunities For Africans

Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities that are still open for applications. The Opportunities portal aggregates job vacancies, internships, scholarships, calls for abstracts, fellowships, contests, exchange programmes and other opportunities that are available for Africans who are interested in space science and technology. Simply put, it’s an aggregator for space and astronomy-related opportunities for Africans.

Have you missed any opportunities this week? Check out the weekly round-up below:

Application Open For 6th African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications

The 6th edition of the African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications ASP 2020 is inviting application for its theoretical, experimental, and applied physics biennial African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications, ASP2020, to take place on July 5-25, 2020, at Faculté des Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco

The aim of the Biennial African School of Fundamental Physics and Application is to build capacity to harvest, interpret, and exploit the results of current and future physics experiments and to increase proficiency in related applications. It also seeks to achieve sustainable training in Africa by encouraging investments in research and development and international cooperation.

Main topics

  1. Nuclear and Particle Physics;
  2. Astrophysics and Cosmology;
  3. Accelerators, Radiation and Medical Physics;
  4. Materials Physics;
  5. High-Performance Computing;
  6. Physics Education;
  7. Physics Communication;
  8. Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency;
  9. Quantum Information.

Students with a minimum of 3-year university education in fundamental and applied physics who had not attended the ASP before may apply.

Deadline for application: 15 January 2020.

Click Application Open For 6th African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications to apply and get further information.


IAF Invites Application For Its 2020 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce its 2020 Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme that provides opportunities for students and young professionals to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress.

The young people selected to take part in the 2020 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme will participate in the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) scheduled to take place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, from 12 – 16 October 2020. The individuals selected will also participate in other activities held during the Congress such as the UN/IAF Workshop, the Space Generation Congress (SGC) or the Cross-Cultural Communications and Presentation Workshop.

Students and Young Professionals between the ages of  21 and 35 on 1 January 2020 with space-related career interests are encouraged to apply to the programme. Up to twenty-five students and young professionals will be selected by the IAF to participate in the 2020 programme.

What does the grant include?

  • Round trip airfare between the candidate’s residence country and Dubai.
  • Support (in kind-services or funding) for local transportation, lodging, and meals during the candidate’s stay in Dubai.
  • Assistance with visa arrangements provided by the IAC Local Organizing Committee and the Government of the United Arab Emirates.
  • Registration to the 71st International Astronautical Congress as well as the Space Generation Congress or the 2020 UN/IAF Workshop.
  • Mentors will provide advice on presentations at the IAC and on activities before and during the IAC to help grant recipients benefit fully from the Congress and related meetings and meet with the grant recipients during the IAC.

Application Deadline:10 February 2020 15:00 Paris Time / UTC + 1:00

Click IAF Invites Application For Its 2020 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme to apply and get further information.


Apply For Postdoctoral Fellowships In The South African National Space Agency

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has a mandate, as outlined in the South African National Space Agency Act, 2008 (Act No 36 of 2008), to co-ordinate and integrate national space science and technology programmes and conduct long-term planning and implementation of space-related activities in South Africa, for the benefit of the citizens of South Africa.

 The ideal candidates will have:

  • A PhD obtained within the last 3 years (or will be submitting their PhD thesis for examination before February 2020)
  • PhD should be in space physics-related field or is a support field to space physics (such as Computer Science or Applied Mathematics)
  • Preference will be given to candidates who would like to pursue space weather research for their postdoctoral projects in areas such as navigation and/or communication applications, and radiation exposure due to space weather events
  • Independent computer programming skills with a preference for Python
  • The ability to work independently and as part of the team

The candidate should be:

  • A South African citizen
  • Available to start the contract before 1 April 2020

The first shortlist date will be 10 December 2019. Should the positions not be filled by CVs received on this date, then CVs received after this date and prior to 15 January 2020 will be considered.

Click Apply For Postdoctoral Fellowships In The South African National Space Agency to apply and get further information.



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